Shirley Ann (Tate) Dean
August 13, 2014
MA — Shirley Ann (Tate) Dean, 84, of Gloucester, passed away in Lahey Clinic
Medical Center, Burlington, Mass. on Wednesday morning, Aug. 13, 2014. She
was born in Salem, Mass. on March 20, 1930. She was the daughter of the late
Lawson Franklin and Gertrude (Hoyt) Tate. Shirley grew up on Rocky Neck.
After graduation from Gloucester High School, she furthered her education at
Bridgewater State College. When her former husband, Jay, was in the service
they lived in Tripoli, Libya. Shirley became a Physical Education teacher.
There she taught for a few years in schools in Portland, where she lived for
numerous years. She loved the ocean and was an avid sailor, belonging to the
Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport and also enjoyed playing tennis as a member
of the Manchester Athletic Club. She loved traveling and had visited five
continents. She will be missed.
She is survived by her three sons, Robert Dean and his wife, Judy of
Rockport, Timothy Dean and his wife, Nancy of Portland, Maine, David Dean of
North Hollywood, Calif.; three grandchildren, Robert Dean and his wife,
Marianne of Rockport, Taylor and Thomas Dean of Portland, Maine; two
great-grandchildren, Ava and Peighton Dean; her sister, Elaine DelTorchio of
Gloucester and her children, Skip, Sandy, Steve, Leigh and Terry; a special
cousin, Holly Steiss of Beverly and her many special friends, as well as her
beloved cat, “Mishka." She is also survived by many friends and extended
She was predeceased by her brother, Harley Tate.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in the Greely Funeral Home,
212 Washington St., Gloucester, on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. Family and
friends are cordially invited. Her burial will be held privately.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home will be held on Friday, Aug. 15,
from 4 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: The Jimmy Fund,
P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168
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